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Thursday, April 25, 2019

Maritime Law Enforcement News

Shuichi Iwanami, Commandant, Japan Coast Guard. Photo: JCG

Interview: Shuichi Iwanami, Commandant, Japan Coast Guard

As the Japan Coast Guard celebrates its 70th anniversary, Maritime Reporter & Engineering News offers insights on the current status and future direction of the JCG courtesy of an interview with Shuichi Iwanami, Commandant, Japan Coast Guard.*Note: At the time this interview was conducted, Shuichi Iwanami was still Vice Commandant for Operations.Could you please tell us the history and future development of the Japan Coast Guard (JCG)?The JCG, in 2018 celebrates the 70th anniversary of its foundation. When it was founded, the Japanese waters were in an eclipse period.

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Today’s Maritime Security: Is the Industry Prepared?

In late June of 2017, AP Moeller-Maersk shut down its container operations at the Port of Los Angeles. It wasn’t due to labor relations problems, equipment malfunction or other reasons that have been known to thwart port operations. It was a cyber-attack. In today’s climate of information technology, there’s no telling where hackers lurk or a cyber security compromises may occur. For the maritime industry and its extended supply chains, the threat is real and looming. “At the local Maersk facility in L.A.…

Speakers and participants of the inaugural Capacity Building Executive Programme. Photo:  Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

MPA, ReCAAP Join in Combating Piracy

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA Japan) and the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), in cooperation with the ReCAAP Information Sharing Centre (ReCAAP ISC), jointly launched the inaugural Capacity Building Executive Programme on combating piracy and armed robbery against ships in Asia in Singapore. The Capacity Building Executive Programme—targeted at senior-level personnel with 10 to 15 years of experience and above in maritime enforcement—will see ReCAAP Contracting Parties from ASEAN (Cambodia…

Hotz Joins National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy

Thirty-year marine industry veteran John R. Hotz has accepted the position as the Assistant Director at the National Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (NMLEA), which together with its International Maritime Law Enforcement Academy (IMLEA) provides education, consulting services, resources and training for law enforcement officers, public safety professionals, military members, ports and waterside critical infrastructure personnel. Following a vision and leadership of Admiral Siler, a former U.S.

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Cutter Tahoma Returns Home

The Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma returned to their homeport of Kittery, Maine, Sunday after a 65-day offshore patrol in New England waters. The Tahoma's efforts were in support of the Coast Guard’s Operation Atlantic Venture, which focused on the safety of sea life and the enforcement of fisheries laws and regulations on commercial and recreational fishing vessels in the Atlantic from Maine to Northern New Jersey. This included protection of closed fishing areas and the prevention of overfishing. Over the course of the nine-week patrol, the crew conducted 56 at-sea law enforcement boardings.

Rear Adm. June Ryan, the commander of the 9th Coast Guard District, and Julie Gascon, the assistant commissioner for the Canadian Coast Guard Central and Arctic Region, seal the deal with a handshake, Aug. 5, 2016, in Grand Haven, Michigan. Ryan and Gascon renewed the binational pollution response agreement between the U.S. and Canada known as CANUSLAK. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Christopher M. Yaw)

Coast Guard leaders of US, Canada reinvest in Safety Agreement

Rear Adm. June E. Ryan, commander of the U.S. Coast Guard Ninth District joined Assistant Commissioner Julie Gascon of the Canadian Coast Guard, Central and Arctic Region Friday in the midst of annual festivities at the Grand Haven, Michigan, Coast Guard Festival to review and sign the annual update of the operational annex to the bilateral Joint Marine Pollution Contingency Plan between the United States and Canada, commonly referred to as the CANUSLAK Plan, Friday morning. The…

Photo: International Maritime Organization (IMO)

Supporting Sustainable Maritime Security in Jamaica

A table-top exercise on maritime security has been recently held in Kingston, Jamaica (30 June-1 July), organized by International Maritime Organization (IMO) in collaboration with the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC). The exercise was aimed at stimulating discussions and demonstrating the need for cooperation amongst government departments and agencies using a range of evolving scenarios related to maritime security and maritime law enforcement issues.

Sailors assigned to the guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 111), and Coast Guardsmen from Coast Guard District 14 Law Enforcement Detachment prepare to board a merchant fishing vessel. Photo USN

USCG, Navy complete Joint Fisheries Patrol in Oceania

The Coast Guard and Navy completed a 40-day joint mission in the Central and South Pacific under the Oceania Maritime Security Initiative to combat transnational crimes, enforce fisheries laws and enhance regional security Monday. A Coast Guard law enforcement detachment from Pacific Tactical Law Enforcement Team Detachment 108 embarked USS Spruance (DDG 111) and conducted 20 fisheries enforcement boardings with the assistance of the Navy's Visit, Board, Search and Seizure team and enforcement shipriders from the Federated States of Micronesia and Palau.

New Coastal Interceptor Vessel Photo CBP

CBP, AMO Unveils New Interceptor Vessel

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) and SAFE Boat International celebrated the unveiling of AMO’s newest coastal interceptor vessel (CIV) Thursday. In honor of AMO’s historical legacy, this first CIV will be named the Alexandria, after of one of the first maritime law enforcement “Collectorships” used by the Department of Treasury in 1789. AMO marine interdiction agents will operate the CIV in offshore coastal waters to combat maritime smuggling and protect U.S. ports from acts of terrorism.

Photo:  International Maritime Organization (IMO)

IMO Supporting Kenya’s Maritime Security

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) is leading a maritime security table-top exercise in Mombasa, Kenya (April 21-22) as part of the Organization’s continuing work to implement the Djibouti Code of Conduct. National officials from key ministries and departments are taking part in a range of evolving scenarios involving both routine business and during an incident, which aim to promote an integrated, whole-of-government approach to maritime security measures and maritime law enforcement.

A Coast Guard boarding team from the USCGC Kiska (WPB 1336) conducts a fisheries boarding on the fishing vessel Kimmy 1 more than 200 miles from Honolulu April 9, 2016.  Courtesy USCG

USCGC Kiska Braves Adverse Weather, Completes fisheries Patrol

The crew of the USCGC Kiska (WPB 1336) returned to home port in Hilo last week after a particularly challenging living marine resources patrol due to weather. Despite encountering seas of more than 10-feet and 23 to 35 mph winds the crew carried out fisheries boardings and worked on crew qualifications while navigating approximately 1,450 total miles. Over 8 days they spent 126 hours enforcing fisheries laws by conducting two boardings approximately 300 miles from the Hawaiian Islands, ensuring the sustainability of fisheries in the Pacific.

Photo: IMO

Training toward Greater Maritime Security

Extensive maritime security training involving countries operating under the Djibouti Code of Conduct (DCoC) has taking place from March 20-April 7 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Maritime law enforcement officials from 17 DCoC signatory States (the Comoros, Djibouti, Egypt, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Somalia, South Africa, the Sudan, the United Arab Emirates) participated in exercises dealing with transnational organized crimes at sea – including…

Image: IMO

Stakeholders Broaden Maritime Security Scope

An international agreement that has been instrumental in repressing piracy and armed robbery against ships in the western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden is set to significantly broaden its scope. Signatories to the Djibouti Code of Conduct have agreed to work toward extending its remit to address other illicit maritime activity that threatens safety and security in the region, such as marine terrorism, environmental crimes, human trafficking and Illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.

Maritime Security Threats ‘Far from Eradicated’ -MAST

The need to regulate and police the maritime domain to tackle global threats is as pressing as ever, according to Phil Cable, CEO and cofounder of maritime security company MAST. “The global threats faced by the maritime environment, whether it be terrorist, pirate, illegal fishing, human trafficking or narcotics smuggling, stem from lack of law and order,” Cable stated, speaking at the Maritime Law Association of Australia and New Zealand (MLAANZ) Conference 2015 in Perth, Australia, Thursday.

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China Oil Rig Returns Off Vietnamese Coast

China has again deployed the Haiyang Shiyou 981, a semi-submersible oil platform which caused a standoff between Chinese and Vietnamese vessels last year, to the disputed South China Sea region, reports local media. China has brought the deepwater oil rig  near Vietnam’s Hoang Sa (Paracel) Islands. The Chinese Maritime Safety Administration said on its website the oil rig is located at 17 degrees 03.75 minutes north latitude (17-03.75N) and 109 degrees 59.05 minutes east longitude (109-59.05E).

A flotilla of recreational boaters take part in an unsanctioned marine event on Lake Erie during the 2014 Operation Dry Water three-day weekend. The U.S. Coast Guard partners with other maritime law enforcement agencies during this annual campaign to reduce the number of alcohol- and drug-related accidents and fatalities while fostering a visible on-water deterrent. (USCG photo by Capt. Scott Anderson)

Great Lakes Agencies Partner for Operation Dry Water

U.S. Coast Guard and maritime law enforcement agencies on the Great Lakes and surrounding areas will partner up Friday through Sunday for the seventh annual Operation Dry Water campaign, a nationwide, multiagency effort focusing on boater education and raising awareness that it is unsafe, as well as illegal, to operate a boat under the influence of drugs or alcohol. “Along with alcohol use, three of the other top five contributing factors in recreational boating deaths are operator inattention, improper lookout and inexperience of the operator,” said Mike Baron, the U.S.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Photo: Youtube

Japan, Malaysia to Beef up Maritime Cooperation

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak pledged to advance defense and maritime cooperation. It is the first time that Japan has agreed to start negotiations for cooperation on the transfer of defense equipment and technology with a member of the 10-nation ASEAN according to Japanese officials. Abe and Najib vowed to boost coordination in maritime security, with Abe backing Malaysia’s efforts in ensuring safety and security in the Strait of Malacca and the South China Sea…

Jimmy Sorenson (Photo: Willard Marine)

Willard Adds Sales Manager for Gulf Coast, Florida

Willard Marine, Inc. has hired Jimmy Sorenson as regional sales manager for the Gulf Coast and Florida. Sorenson served 11 years with the U.S. Coast Guard in many roles including machinery technician and maritime law enforcement instructor, and earned the boat coxswain certification. For the past 14 years, Sorenson managed business for an aluminum boat manufacturer, including proposal and quote development for a team of sales representatives. “Jimmy’s extensive experience with the U.S.

Florida Rep. David Jolly listens to Mark Hubbard, CEO of Hubbard's Marina in John's Pass, Fla., explain how foreign illegal fishing in the Gulf of Mexico is hurting commercial fishing throughout the Gulf region. (Photo: Gulf Coast Leadership Conference)

US Fishermen Seek Federal Action against Illegal Fishing

Gulf of Mexico fishermen are threatened by a daily wave of foreign illegal fishing vessels and the U.S. fishing industry is calling on Congress to take action, Florida business owners said April 8 at an event hosted by the Gulf Coast Leadership Conference. Mexican fishing boats enter U.S. sovereign waters and illegally poach hundreds to thousands of fish at a time. Although the U.S. Coast Guard and Gulf state maritime law enforcement agencies have taken aggressive action to find and destroy these illegal Mexican vessels, the frequency of such incursions continues to escalate.

Photo: IMO

NATO Maritime Commander Visits IMO Antipiracy Training

NATO Maritime Commander Vice Admiral Peter Hudson, CBE Royal Navy, visited the two-week Advanced Maritime Law Enforcement/Training of Trainers course taking place at NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre (NMIOTC), in Souda Bay, Crete, Greece. The course is being conducted from February 23 to March 6 under the auspices of the Djibouti Code of Conduct (DCoC) and the Djibouti Regional Training Centre with the support and supervision of the IMO Secretariat’s Kiruja Micheni, and benefits from the high NATO standards embraced by NMIOTC.

USCG Cutter Tahoma

USCG Cutter Tahoma Returns

Coast Guard Cutter Tahoma returned Sunday to their homeport of Kittery, Maine after a 55-day patrol conducting operations and training in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. The crew carried out Living Marine Resources boardings under the guidance of the 1st Coast Guard District. The Tahoma's law enforcement teams conducted boardings of commercial fishing vessels to inspect safety gear and enforce marine resource management to ensure sustainable fisheries in the North Atlantic. On Dec. 1, 2014 the Tahoma's crew assisted the disabled fishing vessel Madison Kate following an engine casualty.

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton

USCG Welcomes Cutter Hamilton to Fleet

Coast Guard Cutter Hamilton, the first national security cutter homeported on the East Coast, entered into active service today at Union Pier Terminal in downtown Charleston. The commissioning ceremony for the Coast Guard’s largest and newest 418-foot cutter was presided by Vice Adm. William “Dean” Lee, Coast Guard Atlantic Area commander. Commandant of the Coast Guard, Adm. Paul F. Zukunft, delivered the keynote address. “Together with my shipmates, we’re beginning the most important milestones in the life of a cutter,” said Capt.

Photo courtesy of Chicago's Christmas Ship

Christmas Ship to Deliver 1,200 Trees

Chicago’s Christmas Ship Committee, Coast Guard set for 15th anniversary of re-enactment, delivery of 1,200 Christmas trees for deserving families. The Coast Guard Cutter Mackinaw, serving once again as this year’s “Christmas Ship” and loaded with more than 1,200 Christmas trees, is returning to Chicago for a two-day event re-enacting what was an annual Chicago tradition in the late 1800s and early 1900s. A welcoming for the Mackinaw, by the Chicago Christmas Ship Committee, is scheduled for Friday at 8 a.m.

U.S. Coast Guard Photo by Chief Warrant Officer John Edwards

Kris Kristofferson Attends Son's USCG Boot Camp Graduation

Singer, actor and songwriter Kris Kristofferson attended his son Jesse Kristofferson’s U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) boot camp commencement ceremony today in Cape May, N.J., the USCG reported. In a photo released by the USCG, Kris hands Jesse a certificate during the graduation ceremony of Alpha-190 at U.S. Coast Guard Training Center Cape May, N.J. Kristofferson's son was one of 78 graduates to enter the Coast Guard enlisted workforce where they will be stationed all over the country performing duties ranging from maritime law enforcement to search and rescue.

USCG photo by Andrew Kendrick

USCG Change of Command in Galveston

A Coast Guard lieutenant commander and graduate of Hastings High School in Houston, took command of Maritime Safety and Security Team Galveston during a ceremony in Galveston Thursday. Lt. Cmdr. Steve Morris and his wife are both from Houston and he enlisted in the Coast Guard through the recruiting station here. "When it came time last year for me to make known the units that I desired, there's no doubt that MSST Galveston rose right at the top of the list," said Morris. Prior to taking command of MSST Galveston…

The Dyer family- left to right:  Tatiana and Will Dyer, Harriet Dyer, John Dyer and David Dyer, with Coast Guard Foundation’s regional director Brian Overcast and Coast Guard Foundation board member VADM Sally Brice-O’Hara, USCG (Ret.).  The $10,000 gift from Dyer Chevrolet, Ft. Pierce Florida was presented today to the Coast Guard Foundation to fund kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and camping and fishing gear for the 45 active duty members and 15 reservists, and their families based at this Coas

CGF Presents to $10K Gift to Station Fort Pierce

At a presentation earlier today the Coast Guard Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families presented a $10,000 gift to Coast Guard Station Fort Pierce, Fort Pierce, Florida. The funds will be used to provide kayaks, stand-up paddleboards, and camping and fishing gear for the 45 active duty members and 15 reservists, and their families based at this Coast Guard station. Foundation staff member Brian Overcast and Foundation board member VADM Sally Brice-O’Hara…